‘Tis the season – for snowflakes, Mariah Carey blasting through speakers everywhere…and tons of holiday themed social media content! Your Christmas content strategy was planned well before it was *this* chilly outside. So why haven’t you been seeing strong engagement on your festive social posts & Stories?

Social media engagement measures how many people are interacting with your brand on a daily basis. Working to increase engagement should be a priority for your marketing strategy – it has numerous benefits for brands, including improving ROI, as well as boosting brand awareness.

Here are 3 ways to elevate engagement on your Instagram holiday content in the days leading up to Christmas:

1. Use the Right Holiday Hashtags! 

Hashtags are an invaluable tool for reaching new audiences and increasing engagement. If you aren’t using the right hashtags, your content will be less discoverable – which automatically means less interactions! Focus on using the right holiday hashtags so that your audience will easily find the seasonal content you’re sharing. Here are 15 hashtags we recommend incorporating into your holiday content (listed by volume of Instagram hashtag usage, from largest to smallest):

#Christmas

#Xmas

#ChristmasTree

#HappyHolidays

#ChristmasTime

#ChristmasDecor

#ChristmasGifts

#ChristmasCountdown

#Christmas2019

#Christmas🎄

#ChristmasTime🎄

#ChristmasGiftIdeas

#ChristmasTree🎄

#ChristmasPhotoshoot

#ChristmasDecorating

For practical tips on how to build a killer Instagram hashtag strategy, check out our blog post here.

2. Best Times to Post

If you’re using a Business Account on Instagram (which we highly recommend utilizing for your brand!) tap Insights > Audience > Followers. There, you can analyze both Hours (the average times your followers are on Instagram on a typical day) & Days (the days of the week when your followers are the most active). Schedule your remaining content this month for the hours & days in which your audience is most active.

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On Christmas Eve and Christmas, post when you generally would on the weekend, since your audience will be off and scrolling throughout the holiday. ⁠

3. Last Minute Content Ideas 

Here are a few engagement-inducing content ideas that you can plan & post before Christmas kicks off:

  • Host a Giveaway! According to research from SocialBakers, there was a significant increase in giveaways last holiday season (throughout the month of December 2018) and there was a significant decline in giveaway frequency right after the holidays. Take advantage of the month of giving! You can keep the contest simple – give away a sample of your product or services, just in time for Christmas. Make sure to keep Instagram’s Promotion Guidelines in mind. Here are some recent Instagram contests from small businesses to check out for inspiration:
  • Compile a Gift Guide – A staggering 62% of Americans buy their gifts the week before Christmas!* Create a holiday gift guide – or simply share a few last minute gift ideas – to inspire all the eleventh-hour shoppers out there. Include your own products or services if relevant! Some small biz inspiration:
  • Change Up Your Theme – Put your social media decorations up, so to speak. From now through Christmas, add some red, green & white to your feed to achieve a cohesive holiday look. People are more likely to interact with your brand’s content if it’s timely & matches the mood of the season.

Wishing you a holiday season of warmth, happiness & increased social media engagement!

 

Action Items:

  1. As you plan your December content, make sure to use the above hashtags when relevant. Also be sure to schedule your posts for the best possible times for engagement.
  2. If you’re still looking for content ideas, pick one of the three ideas mentioned in this blog and execute it!
  3. When you begin to see engagement on your content, make sure to engage in return! Answer comments, DMs etc.

*Statistic from: Fortunly

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